Nepal Experience May, 2017

A huge part of Nepali life is based on the Himalayas.  Locals don’t just gaze at the mountains from the distance; they actually live in small communities dotted up and down the mountain-side.

Trekking in Nepal is about more than nature or scenery: it’s also the only way you’ll get up close to this part of their local culture.  To some extent, you can observe daily life as villagers walk the same paths and climb the same stairs.

From Pokhara, we drove to Nayapul and then hike a circuit from there up to Ghorepani and back down via Ghandruk before driving back from Nayapul to Pokhara.

The walk itself is pleasant and follows part of the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route.  Views change from farms to terraced rice fields, waterfalls, gorges, and forests.  We had a few good mountain views along the way, though the clouds unfortunately obscured them most of the time.

he absolute highlight of the journey is the side trip to Poon Hill.  Here, at 10,230 feet in elevation, you’re provided with 360-degree views of the surrounding snow capped mountains.

You’ll see Annapurna (26,545 feet), Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Macchupucchare (better known as Fish Tail).  The views are impressive enough to justify a 4:30am wake-up call and strenuous climb.